GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo 2011

The GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo is an unusual design: in effect it’s a tent/tarp hybrid as it’s single-skin and has only a partial groundsheet floor with a mesh perimeter. It pitches as one and comes with no poles, as it uses a pair of trekking poles for support. The detailed instructions look complicated, but it’s easy and quick to set up and adjust. Internal space is good and there’s enough height to sit upright at the porch. The porch has enough space for gear storage and cooking too, and the doors can be folded back. The flysheet is ground-hugging to keep out wind and rain, and inside the mesh sections around the edge will prevent any condensation gathering on your groundsheet. The GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo comes with optional guy lines, which clip onto the side of the tent, and these can be positioned to suit the conditions. Ventilation is great with the full mesh inner door and the packed size is also good.
But in wet weather the mesh panels around the floor could allow water to get in if the ground is sufficiently sodden, but those used to tarps won’t see this as an issue. As it comes without poles or pegs you’ll have to factor in the extra weight and cost if you don’t have suitable items already.

Design ridge
Poles none provided, but optional poles are available
Inner single skin, with anti-midge mesh
Flysheet silnylon, 2000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet silnylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 200cm; width 160cm; height 108cm
Packed size 34x14cm
Weight 920g (not including poles or pegs)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 1

The GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo is comfortable, airy and easier to use than it looks. If you can work with its quirks it’s a good shelter.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011